Kaeper­nick ‘hon­ored’ by GQ award

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

COLIN Kaeper­nick, the for­mer San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back who be­gan kneel­ing dur­ing the US na­tional an­them last year to protest po­lice bru­tal­ity against African Amer­i­cans, was named “Ci­ti­zen of the Year” on Mon­day by GQ mag­a­zine.

In mak­ing the se­lec­tion, GQ com­pared Kaeper­nick to sports icons such as Muham­mad Ali, who op­posed the Viet­nam War, and Jackie Robin­son, the first black player in Ma­jor League Baseball.

“He’s been vil­i­fied by mil­lions and locked out of the NFL – all be­cause he took a knee to protest po­lice bru­tal­ity,” the mag­a­zine said.

“But Colin Kaeper­nick’s de­ter­mined stand puts him in rare com­pany in sports his­tory: Muham­mad Ali, Jackie Robin­son – ath­letes who risked ev­ery­thing to make a dif­fer­ence.”

Kaeper­nick de­clined to be in­ter­viewed for the GQ ar­ti­cle but put out a tweet say­ing he was “hon­ored to be rec­og­nized by @GQMagazine as Ci­ti­zen of the Year”.

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